Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons NFL Betting Preview

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The Thursday night NFL pro football game will feature the 4-9 Jacksonville Jaguars traveling to face the 8-5 Atlanta Falcons.

The current odds posted at Oddsmaker reveals the Atlanta Falcons favored by -11 ½ points with an over under of 42 ½ points.

Money line bettors playing on the favored Falcons will lay -750 odds and if you want to place a bet on the Jaguars the money line return is cool +550 odds.

Both teams are trending to the under.

Jacksonville is on a 10-3 under trend and the Falcons are 8-1 to the under in their past nine games.

The Jaguars have been simply dreadful on the road this season as they come in at 1-5 straight up and averaging just 11 points.

Rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert has struggled engineering this Jags offense in 2011 as the signal caller has hit on just 50.3% of his passes with 10 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.

They will lean heavily on the ground behind running back Maurice Jones Drew. The Jaguars veteran running back has 1222 yards rushing and a 4.4 yards per rush average.

A bright spot for the Jaguars has been their defense. They give up just 19 points a game which ranks seventh in the league and only 302 yards which is 4th best in the NFL.

This is an important game for Atlanta as they try to qualify for a playoff spot with three games to play.

The Falcons pass defense has been the team Achilles heel for years and 2011 is no different as they allow 241 yards passing per game ranking 22nd in the league.

Fortunately for Atlanta they face an anemic passing attack from Jacksonville.

Quarterback Matt Ryan is completing over 60% of his passes with 23 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

He is coming off a four touchdown pass performance last week in the team’s 31-23 win at Carolina.

Ryan has thrown for 262 yards or better in his past six games.

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On the injury front leading rusher Michael Turner has been listed as probable for the game due to groin injury.

For the Jaguars wide receiver Mike Thomas is doubtful for the game due to a concussion.

Veteran place kicker Josh Scobee has been listed as doubtful for the game with a leg strain.

The Jaguars broke a three game losing streak last week in their 41-14 blowout home win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The team benefitted with seven turnovers by Tampa Bay.

Start time for Thursday night football in Atlanta is slated for 8:20PM Eastern Time with national television over the NFL Network.

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